Aubie, Auburn's costumed Tiger mascot, is in his 34th season as a spirit leader and goodwill ambassador for Auburn University. A popular character among Auburn fans and one of the most animated mascots in the country, Aubie is the living spirit of Auburn. His striking good looks, personal appeal, and daring antics combine to make the character women cannot ignore. It is often said Women love him, Children adore him, and men want to be him; he's a six time National Champion, the most of any mascot, and the first to be inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame.


Aubie's existence began as a cartoon character that first appeared on the Auburn/Hardin-Simmons football program cover on October 3, 1959. Birmingham Post-Herald artist Phil Neel created the cartoon Tiger who continued to adorn Auburn program covers for 18 years.


Aubie's look changed through the years. In 1962, he began to stand upright and the next year, 1963, wore clothes for the first time- a blue tie and straw hat. Aubie's appearances on game programs proved to be somewhat of a good luck charm for Coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan's teams. The Tigers were victorious in the first nine games he graced the cover and in his first 6 years, Auburn posted a 23-2-1 home record. Auburn's home record during the 18 years Aubie served as Cover Tiger was 63-16-2. Aubie's last appearance on the game program cover was October 23, 1976, when Auburn downed Florida State, 31-19, but Aubie was called back onto the cover for three special appearances. The 1987 game (November 27, 1987) in Birmingham, celebrating and commemorating the 40th renewal of the modern Auburn-Alabama series, the 1989 game (December 2, 1989) celebrating the Tide's "first time ever" trip to Auburn, and in 1991 when Auburn played its final "home game" in Birmingham's Legion Field (November 30, 1991).



In 1979, Aubie came to life at the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament. James Lloyd, Auburn spirit director for the Student Government Association, with help from the Alumni Association, contacted Brooks-Van Horn Costumes in New York, N.Y. The Company was provided with copies of the 1961 Auburn-Alabama and 1962 Auburn-Georgia Tech game programs to use for reference in creating a costume of the cartoon character. The firm, which also provided costumes for Walt Disney, designed and produced a Tiger costume for $1,350. Individual contributions from various Auburn clubs, alumni and friends helped pay for the first costume.



Aubie proudly marched into the Birmingham-Jefferson County Civic Center on February 28, 1979, and helped lead first-year Auburn coach Sonny Smith's team to an upset of Vanderbilt in his first appearance as a live Tiger mascot. The following day, Aubie returned to the arena and the Tigers surprised Georgia in the longest game in SEC tournament history, four overtimes. Before the weekend was complete, Aubie helped lead the ninth-place team in the regular season to the semifinals of the tournament.



Aubie began his Championship reign in 1991 when Michael Jernigan, Chris Wood and Rob Thompson brought Auburn and Aubie its first title. A few years afterward in 1994, Trey Humphreys, Mike Murphy, and Billy Stephens, received the National Championship on Aubie's behalf. The following year, Billy Stephens, along with Mike Griffin and Josh Agerton claimed the title for the third time. J.G. Carver, Jeff Holoman, and Justin Moore captured Auburn's fourth national championship in 1999. Aubie became a five-time national champion when Taylor Griswold, Jeremy Legg, and Trey Mock brought home the title again. Aubie's sixth national championship was brought home by Evan Thomas, David Smith, and Chris Delvizis. Aubie's most recent championship was won this year on January 13th, 2012. This makes Aubie a 7 time UCA mascot national champion!


Former "Friends of Aubie"

Year Head Friend of Aubie Friend of Aubie
1979-80 (I) Barry Mask Bob Harris, Viki Leach McGinty
1980-81 (II) Jim Mayo Danny Richards, J.T. Thomas
1981-82 (III) Danny Richards Mike Loncono, Greg O'Neil
1982-83 (IV) James Taylor Mike Irwin, Bart Harmon
1983-84 (V) Mark Loveless Jimmy Graves, Greg Stone
1984-85 (VI) Ken Cope David Barrett, Carl Gleghorn
1985-86 (VII) Jack Clark Warren Weeks, Jef Arnold
1986-87 (VIII) Randy Davis Rob Jameson, Laurence Cartledge
1987-88 (IX) Rob Jameson Troy Howard, Andy Sokol
1988-89 (X) Troy Howard Michael Jernigan, Walter Ownbey
1989-90 (XI) Bob Short Chris Wood, David Derrer
1990-91 (XII) Chris Wood Michael Jernigan, Rob Thompson
1991-92 (XIII) David Reynolds David Harvey, Tim Jordan
1992-93 (XIV) Harry Heigl Tim Arnold, Eric Langley
1993-94 (XV) Eric Langley Tim Arnold, Trey Humphreys
1994-95 (XVI) Trey Humphreys Mike Murphy, Billy Stephens
1995-96 (XVII) Billy Stephens Mike Griffin, Josh Agerton
1996-97 (XVIII) Josh Agerton Eric Krausse, Brannon McKim
1997-98 (XIX) Eric Krausse Brannon McKim, J.G. Carver
1998-99 (XX) J.G. Carver Jeff Holoman, Justin Moore
1999-2000 (XXI) Jeff Holoman Joel Darby, JD Simpson
2000-01 (XXII) Joel Darby Damian Shepard, Drew Rodgers
2001-02 (XXIII) Drew Rogers Taylor Griswold, Jeremy Legg
2002-03 (XXIV) Taylor Griswold Jeremy Legg, Trey Mock
2003-04 (XXV) Trey Mock Matt Grainger, Chris Keenan
2004-05 (XXVI) Chris Keenan Matt Grainger, Evan Thomas, David Smith
2005-06 (XXVII) Evan Thomas David Smith, Chris Delvizis
2006-07 (XXVIII) Chris Delvizis Shelton Tate, Justin Shugart
2007-08 (XXIX) Justin Shugart Brandon Bodie, Michael Young
2008-09 (XXX) Michael Young Brandon Bodie, Tyler Weldon
2009-10 (XXXI) Tyler Weldon Andy Gilliom, Logan Matthews, Matthew Layton
2010-11(XXXII) Logan Matthews Matthew Layton, Will Noel
2011-12(XXXII) Will Noel ? , ?



UCA Championship Years:

Championship Years "Friends of Aubie"
1991 Michael Jernigan, Chris Wood and Rob Thompson
1995 Trey Humphreys, Mike Murphy, and Billy Stephens
1996 Billy Stephens, Mike Griffin and Josh Agerton
1999 J.G. Carver, Jeff Holoman, and Justin Moore
2003 Taylor Griswold, Jeremy Legg, and Trey Mock
2006 Evan Thomas, David Smith and Chris Delvizis
2012 Will Noel, ? , ?

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